Natural Depravity

by Glenn Fairman4/12/16

Our depraved nature is meant to be tempered by the ancient institutions of civil society: the family, church, political life, and their specific moral rules that govern men who are given to self-interest. Although we cannot totally escape the fruit of that depravity, we can recognize its existence and legislate checks against its onslaught—-primarily by choking the accumulation of political power.

When those ameliorating institutions decay and men bare their teeth, the State arises to tame the cupidity of men, but soon succumbs to the selfsame disease. America’s Constitution can not flourish without a moral people. If it is failing now, it is because we are becoming ungovernable without the threat of coercive force. The Universal Homogenous State means to tame that natural proclivity towards self-interest — and the loss of liberty, in the eyes of those who would be our Masters, is a very small price to pay for the panacea of Procrustean Order.


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10 Responses to Natural Depravity

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    The problem is that the Left, for various reasons, rejects those ameliorating institutions and prefers to rely solely on the power of the omnipotent State. Barry’s Behemoth is their goal, drawing its inspiration from Orwell and Huxley.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The Universal Homogenous State means to tame that natural proclivity towards self-interest — and the loss of liberty, in the eyes of those who would be our Masters, is a very small price to pay for the panacea of Procrustean Order.

    George Washington was a somewhat sad pessimist as regards human nature and saw too clearly that mankind was, by-in-large, motivated by self interest. Understanding this, he was a great supporter of the Constitution which was written with the balancing of interests in mind.

    The modern Left has no problem with “self-interest” per se. It’s just that us poor hicks, don’t understand what our true”self-interests” are. Thus the need for the State to guide and control us for our own good.

    • Glenn Fairman says:

      As Rousseau noted in The Social Contract, “They might be forced to be free.”

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I had not heard that. Doesn’t it just about sum up the Left’s view of humanity and the world? It’s like a doctor saying, “We must kill the patient to cure him.” Self-awareness and understanding irony are not the Left’s strong points.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    When reading Glenn’s stuff, you dare not skim or rush. Glenn’s writing tends to be thick as in “concentrated.” Well, this one bit was worth it all and says it all:

    The Universal Homogenous State means to tame that natural proclivity towards self-interest

    Timothy knows well the formula for the Left. You have the upper tier who are hardcore ideologues bent on destruction. And then you have the lower tier of useful idiots who buy into the scripted and sanitized marketing message presented by the upper tier, for as Rush Limbaugh says, if the Left actually said what they believed, nobody would vote for them.

    In this case, Glenn the Greater has shown his greatness again. That “Universal Homogenous State” does mean to tame us all. And “self-interest” is the same as “liberty or individual choice.” But when marketed to the useful idiots as “equality,” it works. They buy it not knowing or caring the poison they are allowing to entire their bloodstream.

    I’ll also grant you, if you cared to quibble, that some in the upper tier believe their own marketing lies. It’s human nature to want to believe the best of yourself. People don’t tend to go around saying, “I’m for a fascist-like feminist micro-managing state because a boyfriend who I really loved dumped me for a prettier girl when I was 18…and I tended to be the last child picked on the playground when choosing sides for teams.”

    No, the grievance beneath is often self-sanitized and it comes out as a wild and exaggerated “caring” for this or that victim group. In essence, the Left is a psychological malady whereby one’s personal shortcomings (or personal tragedies…they happen to all of us, often through no fault of our own) and attempt to gain retribution through societal “change.” This is the genius behind Blaise Pascal’s quote of: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

    Instead of fixing themselves (to the extent any of us can be fixed…the wise man learns to live with certain things), the Leftist tries to “fix” society so that their own maladies are normalized. (This is the essence of the “LGBT” tyranny, for example. Instead of acknowledging that gender confusion is a malady to either fix or just live with, they mean to “fix” the rest of society so that their shortcomings are normalized.)

    All of that is contained in Mr. Fairman’s shorthand of “The Universal Homogenous State means to tame that natural proclivity towards self-interest”….even if he doesn’t believe me. 🙂

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Instead of fixing themselves (to the extent any of us can be fixed…the wise man learns to live with certain things), the Leftist tries to “fix” society so that their own maladies are normalized.

      As you know Brad, I believe the great motivator of the Left and grievance politics in general lies in the past slights or rejections (real or imagined) overly sensitive people believe they have suffered. In a sense, they remain adolescents emotionally.

      When I was eighteen or nineteen year old, I came to the conclusion that if a person don’t like something about oneself then one should change it. If one can’t change it then one should learn to live with it. But in any case, stop fretting about it or blaming others and get on with life.

      If an immature teenager can figure that out, you would think the great thinkers of the Left might get it as well.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      That point about normalizing their own pathologies is an important one. It’s related to Rush Limbaugh’s observation about feminism and unattractive women, and it’s especially obvious with the transgendered. Not to mention the paranoia that the Inner Party stokes in Outer Party members.

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